How to get the HDR look

Digital Camera World - - PHOTO ACTIVE -

There are many tools you can use to achieve the HDR look; we used Pho­to­shop. There are some who love a heav­ily pro­cessed HDR ef­fect, but we pre­fer a more modest ap­proach.

After open­ing Pho­to­shop go to File > Au­to­mate > Merge To HDR Pro… then click on Browse and se­lect your three im­ages. They will open into a new win­dow, where you can tweak the ef­fect. We se­lected a pre­set op­tion (Sur­re­al­is­tic) as a start­ing point; then we boosted High­lights to 100 and re­duced Strength and Ra­dius un­der the Edge Glow set­ting. Play around with the set­tings un­til you’re happy and click OK. We then pro­cessed the cor­rectly ex­posed im­age in Cam­era Raw, boost­ing Clar­ity and re­duc­ing High­lights. In Pho­to­shop we placed this im­age over our HDR-pro­cessed one and re­duced Opac­ity to 65%. This gave us a gritty ef­fect with­out it be­ing too strong.

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